Guide Ken Penrod, owner of Life Outdoors Unlimited, files his weekly bass fishing report.
He says, "Fishing hasn’t been much fun during the day but the fish are biting at each of the locations that we report on. A 'good plan' is to be on the water by 5:30 a.m. and off the water when the fish shut down. That’s not necessarily true for tidal bass however so play the tides and try for the last two hours of outgoing and two hours of incoming."
UPPER POTOMAC RIVER: two and a half stars; 82 degrees; algae clumps on Virginia side; sick-looking grass; clear with algae stain; 1.0 feet at Point of Rocks.
Fishing has been quite good despite unfavorable ecological conditions, but if you chose to fish during the middle of the day, you may as well stay home. This is a good water level for drift fishing and I suggest Brunswick to Lander or Point of Rocks, and Whites Ferry to Edwards Ferry.
Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry are fishing pretty much the same, where bass are feeding in deeper holes, submersed ledges and areas where the river bottom is strewn with chunk rocks. I prefer the upriver chances at both locations. We rely on Case Plastics, especially the 4-inch Magic Stik attached to a 2/0 VMC hook and 6-pound test Sufix ProMix monofilament. A medium-action rod will do the trick.
At Lander, either direction is good, but during very low water it’s best to motor upriver just in case your motor fails for some reason. I recommend the Campground Special (teaser) tubes in Penrod Purple; Roadkill; V-8; Troy’s Trigger and KP Candy. Use 1/8th-ounce RAB jigheads and 6-pound test Sufix ProMix or Deep Crankin’ monofilament. Stay low in your boat and make long casts.
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